Local Wisconsin artist donates sculptures to Aurora Medical Center

A local artist in Marinette, Wis., has donated five sculptures to the Aurora Medical Center-Bay Area to honor the contributions of a former hospital executive and his late wife, The Eagle Herald reported Nov. 28. 

The five sculptures have been installed on the Mary Hofer Walking Trail at the hospital. The trail is named after the late wife of the former marketing director for Aurora Medical Center-Bay Area, John Hofer. She received cancer treatment at the hospital. 

The local artist, Rusty Wolfe, came up with the idea to donate the sculptures. His wife told The Eagle Herald that Mr. Wolfe came home from walking on the trail and said, "I've got a great idea, we've got to do something big, we need to contribute some really serious sculptures and help raise the profile of this amazing thing that John has done."

Mr. Wolfe created one sculpture, a metal triangle with stained glass, to commemorate Mr. Hofer's contributions to the community and his devotion to his late wife. 

"It just about brought tears to my eyes to see the commitment of love transferred into a memorial like this, and I just felt like I needed to do something to say thank you," Mr. Wolfe said.

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